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  1. Introduction
  2. HRM in the Water and Electricity Company
  3. Reasons for using expatriate employees
  4. Good expatriate selection
  5. Other suitable solutions
  6. Conclusion

Organizations consitute people of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. These people have to work together in order to fulfill an organization's goals. Human Resource Management, HRM describes the management of the workforce in the organization. It is accountable for selection, assessment, rewarding, and training of employees. HRM also oversees organizational culture and leadership styles. This ensures that all organizational members function as a team in order to achieve maximum benefits and returns. In addition, HRM ensures that the organizational policies and structures are in conformity with labor and employment laws in the country. This paper identifies and assesses one challenging aspect of HRM in the Water and Electricity Company.

Initially, human resource only involved transactions work such as benefits and payroll administration as ways of increasing business value. However, due to current company consolidations, globalization, and technological developments, it now involves strategic initiatives such as succession planning or mergers and acquisitions. In multinational corporations, like Water and Electricity Company, HR aims at ensuring the availability of affordable and quality water and electricity services to members of the public as well as safeguarding the ecological functions of water resources at all times.

[...] Most MNC's choose their expatriates based on technical competence only. However, other interpersonal factors are also important. For instance, Harris (2007) found out that interpersonal factors aid in the cultural adaptation of an expatriate. Over the past decade, other selection characteristics have been identified as dictators of expatriate success. They include managerial skills, technical ability, emotional stability, diplomacy, maturity, and cultural empathy. One of the earliest studies conducted U.S involved about a hundred MNC's, and subsequently, recognized four general dimensions in expatriate selection. [...]


[...] Local and Expatriate employees in Human Resource Management Local and Expatriate employees in Human Resource Management Introduction Organizations consitute people of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. These people have to work together in order to fulfill an organization's goals. Human Resource Management, HRM describes the management of the workforce in the organization. It is accountable for selection, assessment, rewarding, and training of employees. HRM also oversees organizational culture and leadership styles. This ensures that all organizational members function as a team in order to achieve maximum benefits and returns. [...]


[...] Nowadays, MNC's carry out expatriate selection based on suggestions from colleagues within the workplace. Hence, the challenge for the HR manager is to determine the most suitable selection criteria. According to Hutchings (2007), selection of expatriates is a joint procedure, involving both the organizational aspect and the individual aspect. These factors have to be taken into account together in order to formulate the best selection criteria. On the other hand, research shows that expatriate problems are mainly caused by errors in selection. [...]

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